Aluminum alloy frames has been much maligned in so many articles/threads that I've read over the last few years. Carbon seems to be taken over in the light and stiff category, and titanium and steel are holding ground for the comfort factor. I ride a steel frame all summer, but I have hung it up for the winter and have been getting familiar with my 4-year old aluminum "b" bike the past few weeks. Have my rides been any slower? Not at all. Have I been beat up and sore after 3 hours in the saddle? Not in the least. Is the Aluminum dead after about 15,000 miles of hard use? Not even close. My aluminum frame is a low end Pinarello Surprise (7005 T-6) frame which is nothing special or particulary light, but it has held up very well to dirt, sand, rain, snow, road salt, general neglect and the fact that it's been towing my 200+ lbs around for 4+ years now. Aluminum certainly isn't the material of choice by serious cyclists any more, but before I plunk down 2k on a carbon frame, I'm going to think long and hard about some of the high tech aluminum and scandium frames that can be had for less than half the price. An aluminum frame fans still out there?
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12/3/06 at 2:48am